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The Crystal Ball: January

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Well, it’s that time again! Let’s take a look into the crystal ball to see what kind of gaming goodness is being conjured up for your entertainment…

Recommendation Ratings:

1) Pass it by; nothing interesting here…

2) Only buy it if you’re REALLY a fan of a genre

3) Not a hot item, but worth having; Put it on the “to buy” list.

4) Rave reviews or a great addition to an existing game! Get it soon!

5) Must Buys; Either a hot new game you MUST have, or the next great expansion you can’t wait to pick up and play.

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The Crystal Ball: November

It’s been over my customary week per post mark that I made a feeble attempt to adhere to. It’s not like I don’t have stuff to write about, but life has a nasty way of slipping in something you didn’t expect, and throwing off your game. Oh, and not having power for awhile didn’t really help matters, either. I’m just glad I wasn’t working on something important when the whole neighborhood went black.

 
Oh well, there’s no use crying over spilled potion, is there? There’s lots of cool stuff to look forward to in the coming months!

 
Starting off the line of exciting things upcoming is from Fantasy Flight Games! Oh, Fantasy Flight Games, you always know what this wizard wants, don’t you? From the “Shut up and take my money” department, its: Read the rest of this entry

Forbidden Alchemy is sure to concoct a draught of devilish delight!

You put de lime in de coconut and drank 'em bot' up...

“The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”
–H.P. Lovecraft

Folks, there’s no hiding my love for all things Lovecraft in gaming. I’m a true sucker for a game of Arkham Horror, and now many of us have had the opportunity to go mad for Mansions of Madness. This great storytelling board game has become an instant favorite with me, and for a short time, some of us out there wondered if this fabulous game was ever going to see an expansion. Until I truly dug into the meat of the game, it looked pretty self-contained. The parts and puzzles that came with the game didn’t allow for much leeway in mixing things up. There would always be rune puzzles and wiring puzzles to solve, and the weapons and gear were pretty straight-forward, allowing little variation, or seeing anything new. There are but FOUR spells in the game (much to my chagrin), and they seem to cover every aspect of gameplay. Worse still, there were FIVE stories in the core set, and even though there are several choices to make in these stories that could be radically different, each premise was still the same. Mansions looked doomed to be a one-hit wonder.

Shame on me for having so little faith in the creative team over at Fantasy Flight Games… Read the rest of this entry

Eldritch Lament

Oh, Arkham Nights, how I long to attend thee…

Arkham Nights is one of the many themed “mini-conventions” that Fantasy Flight Games hosts at their expo center in Roseville, MN. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be attending THIS year, either. Of all of the themes, such as “Days of Ice & Fire” (Game of Thrones), “Realms of Terrinoth” (Runebound, Descent, etc), and one for Lord of the Rings which I can’t remember, I’ve wanted to attend Arkham Nights.

Arkham Nights, contrary to the above picture, is being held this year on October 14th – 16th. It’s packed with plenty of Mythos goodness, and best of all, swag for the various Lovecraft themed games that have done so well for Fantasy Flight Games.

Here’s a bit of info from the site itself: Read the rest of this entry